When I first looked into how to work from home, I was lost in a sea of multilevel marketing opportunities, content mills, survey websites, and mystery shopping companies. And none of them seemed to be anywhere near the highest paying work from home jobs, especially considering my education and the school loans I still had to repay. It was only after scouring the internet and hearing recommendations from other freelancers that I learned the most reliable hubs for finding consistent, well-paying work. I hope to save you the time I wasted before starting The Write at Home Mom by sharing my favorite places to find work at home jobs or remote jobs where you can earn well over $1,000 a month, working even part-time.
Sites to Find the Highest Paying Work From Home Jobs
I pay a subscription to this site because I find it so valuable. It’s geared toward helping creatives specifically (writers, editors, etc.) find remote and freelance work with the top clients online. Membership is on the higher side, but if you think about how much you could potentially earn and how much time you save by not having to scour the web yourself for these jobs, it pays off. This is the site I used to start earning a freelance income.
$199 for six months
$247 for one year
- Sort by pay rate: Access a database of reported and historical rates, most in the $50 – $400+ per article range.
- Personalized alerts by email: Contena pulls jobs from other job boards and you can set up filters to sort by job category (education, entertainment, business, etc.), quality, rate per word, and type (agency, contract, submissions, full time) and send you only the jobs that fit your criteria and experience.
- Portfolio review: Contena staff will review your portfolio and pitch to provide helpful feedback that might just help you land more jobs.
- Price: I get it. The price is high. But if you are serious about saving time in finding the highest paying work from home jobs and you’re committed to applying to the jobs that match your profile on a consistent basis, I really think the membership fee pays off over time.
- Some require application on external sites: Since Contena pulls jobs from across the web, some leads require you to fill out additional applications rather than using Contena’s system, which slows down your applying process.
If you’re looking for a telecommuting, remote, or work at home job, but need a more affordable search engine, flexjobs is for you. It also has a wider range of categories (not just for creatives). You can find writing and design jobs of course, but also everything from accounting and finance to bilingual and call center jobs.
$14.95 for one month
$49.95 for one year
Quality results: Free sites may have a lot of jobs, but they aren’t always the best quality. flexjobs vets their jobs before posting, so you don’t have to waste time deciding whether it’s a legitimate opportunity before you apply.
Lots of filter options: You can limit searches by title, schedule, job category and type, telecommute level, whether or not travel is required, career experience level, or even accolades such as Forbes 100.
Keep your resume/cover letter on file: This saves time when applying for multiple jobs at once as you don’t have to renter your information like you would on each company’s website.
Jobs published elsewhere: Like Contena, flexjobs collects and culls different job postings, so you’re basically paying to have them all in one place and sortable. But you could consider this a con as many more people are applying to the jobs than if they were exclusively posted on flexjobs. You can also find the jobs for free, but it takes a lot more searching.
Job categories overlap: Since there are over 50 job categories, many of them overlap such as “online content” and “blogging” or “medical” and “health,” which makes searching overwhelming at times.
I like that this website focuses on startups, because in my experience startups seem much more open to hiring remote or telecommuting employees, which means you get to work from home. They also tend to value their employees more than a lot of companies that hire simply freelancers.
You can select a status: actively looking, secretly looking, or just browsing. I like this because I always worried that my current employer would discover I was searching for other jobs. I know this option changes your profile settings so that that information isn’t leaked somehow if you are “secretly looking” or “just browsing.”
Desired Annual Salary filter option: I like that you can filter jobs this way, so that you aren’t wasting your time applying for jobs that are far under or far over your range.
Majority Tech-savvy positions: Software Engineer, Backend Developer, Data Scientist, etc. However, there are options for more creative positions such as
Profile Update Bugging: They bug you a little bit about updating your profile, which can be annoying if you just want to search for jobs, rather than have companies find you.
This one is probably the most aesthetically-pleasing website of all of the resources I’ve listed. I just really enjoy the feel of it and tend to spend more time looking at each position because there’s so much to view (photos, videos, quotations, etc.).
LinkedIn Connection: You can sign in with LinkedIn and connect your profile so you have less to fill in when looking for the highest paying work from home jobs.
Very Visual: I love the masonic style view (similar to Pinterest) and the way the jobs are sorted (Newest This Week, The Muse Team Picks, Jobs at Fortune 1000 Companies)
Inside Look at Company: Every single listing has photos of the office and you can get a feel for the vibe of the company. Some even have video interviews with current employees.
High Competition: Since only around 12 remote jobs are posted at any given time in any given field, I’m sure the competition level is very high. Then again, these are mostly full-time gigs, so you wouldn’t be back here applying in a few months for a new job, like with some freelance positions.
Fewer Creative Jobs: Again, since this is geared towards startups, many of the jobs are for developers or engineers, however there are content creation and design jobs out there.
Another startup-focused website.
No Strings: You can search without logging in!
Apply from the website: This makes applying for the highest paying work from home jobs pretty simple, if you make an account.
Very Plain: The layout and design of the site is just boring to me. I don’t enjoy the time I spend here and the listings are pretty bland, but there are lots of results (99 results when I searched for “copywriter”).
No “remote” filter: You can either search by location or leave it blank, but there’s no option to limit the search results to just telecommuting or remote, work from home jobs.
Maybe you’re a parent who wants to have more flexible hours for your family, or someone looking for a supplemental income opportunity that uses your skills and education professionally, not just for selling beauty products or nail wraps to your friends (no offense to MLMs as I love me some Jamberrys). Or maybe you’re a military spouse who needs to be able to work from anywhere in case your spouse is re-stationed. Whatever your situation, when you’re searching for the highest paying work from home jobs, avoid content mills like Demand Studios or low bidding sites like Guru, oDesk, and Elance. Forget Monster or Indeed where the listings are often outdated or scams. Try one (or all) of the above sites instead.
What other resources have you used to find the highest paying work from home jobs? What is your best advice to other moms looking at working at home or telecommuting? Please share your experience in the comments.